Through Their Eyes is part of the work writer in residence Adrian Harris carried out during his year at Poole Museum. The project was a way of exploring the experience of visitors, across all ages, to the museum in a creative way.
The first part involved a series of workshops and feedback sessions with some local writers, who were given a selection of objects from the collection, and asked to choose an item that would act as a jumping-off point for them to create a short story or poem. Eight pieces can be found below.
The second part of the project welcomed a class of Year 5 students from Ocean Academy who were invited to explore the museum on their own terms. They were given the task to find objects among the collection that inspired them, and if they liked them, draw pictures or write notes about what had caught their eye. They were also asked to think of a question they would ask an artefact if it could speak, and then consider what its answer may be.
Their responses, along with conversations with the pupils, formed the inspiration for Adrian to create some poetry with the hope of capturing something of the experience of the children’s visit.
Below is a gallery of children’s artwork inspired by the collection.